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Among the ancient Gallic people there were three types of Druids, there
were the Bards, the Ovates, and the the Druids.
During this period of time there was alot of cross fertilization
between Celtic culture, and that which was Greece, and Rome. The Druids
were alsoresponsible for the education of the young, and for
intellectual life within the community. Eventhough they were literate
they taught by oral transmission, and it is said that their courses
could last up to 20 years.
The Bards were the people whom keep the traditions of the
tribe, and would pas them down through the generations. They were also
the story tellers, poets, singers, musicians, and artists. The Bards
were the tribes historians.
The Ovates were also known as the Vates. They were the people
whom understood the mysteries of death, and rebirth, and divining the
future, along with the ability to converse with their ancestors. The
Ovates were the young students that were in the first stage of the
The Druids were both men, and women that acted as advisors to
the Kings, and rulers. They were Judges, Teachers, and authorities in
worship, and in cermony.
The studied the movement of the sun, moon, and stars. They regulated
the calender according to their findings.
They celebrated the sping equinox on march 21,22. Beltaine on
May 1, Summer Solstice on June 21/22, Lughnasadh on August 1, Autume
Equinox on Sept 21/22, Samhain on October 31, and the Winter Solstice
on December 21/22.
The Druids had 3 main ideals which were to revere the Devine, abstain
from evil, and to live with courage.
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